By Gene Morris
LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 5/30/12
Dan Koehler scored four goals and Pat Fleming made 15 saves as Sayville defeated Comxsewogue, 12-5, Wednesday to capture the Suffolk County Boys Class B championship Wednesday night at Stony Brook University.
The Golden Flashes (15-3) advance to play Garden City in the Long Island Championship at 6 p.m. Saturday at Hofstra.
“It came down to ground balls,” Sayville head coach Christian Doller said. “We were kind of giving up some of the groundballs and we had to get them. Once we got possession of the ball I wasn’t worried about us scoring – I was worried about getting the possessions. Possessions was the factor.”
Sayville scored six straight goals in the fourth period to break the game open. Jake Sichienza had three goals and an assist and Andrew Gonzalez tallied three goals to help the attack.
“We just came out of the locker room and we wanted the win so bad,” Sichienza said. “It meant so much to us and to beat them by that much is huge. It’s just a great feeling for our seniors.”
Doller referred back to the team’s earlier meeting in 2012 – a 10-9 triple overtime victory for the Warriors – as the reason he expected his team to come out rolling late in the game.
“We started that game off down 6-2 and outscored them 7-3 in the second half,” he said. “If you can reel off seven goals in one half to their two you know you can do it whenever you want and that’s what we did tonight. The kids played so intelligently and we waited for them to get over aggressive and moved the ball and put it in the net.”
There were chances for Comsewogue to get back into the game in the third quarter but the Warriors were thwarted by goalkeeper Pat Fleming, who made five of his 15 saves in the third quarter.
“Pat Fleming kept us in the game, he kept us ahead of the game in the third quarter,” Doller said. “He’s an absolute wall.”
The Golden Flashes move on to the Long Island championship Saturday when they will meet No. 1 nationally ranked Garden City. Doller knows what kind of challenge his team has in front of it.
“I can’t wait to play Garden City again,” he said. “Who gets to play the number one team in the country? Last time we played them in ’09 we shocked them and we’re going to look to do the same this year.”
Dan Koehler: 4 goals
Jake Sichenzia: 3 goals, 1 assist
Andrew Gonzalez: 3 goals
Connor O’Neil: 2 goals
Zack Sirico: 3 assists
Matt Kolleger: 1 assist
Matt Selts: 1 assist
Spencer Andrews: 1 assist
Pat Fleming: 15 saves
Kenny Scottland: 2 goals
Tom Hughes: 1 goal, 1 assist
Justin Carlson: 1 goal
Ryan Keefe: 1 goal
Jeremy Wiley: 2 assists
John Eickwort: 11 saves